PUNE: The Naidu hospital in the city will have a dedicated isolation ward for treatment and containment of highly contagious infectious diseases like the Ebola Viral Disease.
The Pune Municipal Corporation-run hospital has been identified by the state to set up a 20-bed isolation ward. The project will cost Rs 20 crore.
A dedicated team of nurses, separate mechanical ventilation, segregation of patients into independent rooms with separate washrooms are some of the key features of this well-defined and permanent isolation ward. “On the state health department’s orders, we have furnished a proposal for a 20-bed permanent isolation ward for treatment and containment of highly pathogenic and contagious diseases at the Naidu Infectious Diseases Hospital,” said S T Pardeshi, medical officer of health (MoH), Pune Municipal Corporation.
Kanchan Jagtap, joint director of state health department, said, “We have received proposals for setting up permanent isolation wards from the Pune Municipal Corporation and also from a state-run hospital in Nagpur. We will submit a consolidated dossier to the Centre for funding. Permanent isolation wards are needed to tackle and contain highly contagious diseases.”
Earlier, scientists at the Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) had underlined the importance of fully-equipped dedicated isolation wards to tackle the current Ebola threat and handle similar threats of highly pathogenic viruses, following which the state health department has geared up to raise dedicated isolation wards that would make containment and effective treatment possible under one roof.
“The present isolation wards lack facilities that would prevent the spread of the disease. For example, the isolation ward needs to have a separate washroom. But the demarcated wards at government-run hospitals have common washrooms. Besides there is not enough space between two patients which can put healthcare workers at risk of catching the infection,” said another state health official.
Currently, five tentative isolation wards meant for suspected patients of Ebola viral disease have been set up at government-run hospitals in the state. Three isolation wards are in Mumbai, one is at Naidu hospital in Pune and another one is in Nagpur.